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To install the extension, download, install Anastasyi's Extension Manager. Open Anastasyi's Extension Manager and select Photoshop in menu. Then go to {path to pype}hosts/photoshop/api/extension.zxp. Drag extension.zxp and drop it to Anastasyi's Extension Manager. The extension will install itself.


When you launch Photoshop you will be met with the Workfiles app. If dont have any previous workfiles, you can just close this window.

In Photoshop you can find the tools in the OpenPype extension:


You can show the extension panel by going to Window > Extensions > OpenPype.


When you are ready to share some work, you will need to publish. This is done by opening the Publisher through the Publish... button.


There is always instance for workfile created automatically (see 'workfileArt' item in Subsets to publish column.) This allows to publish (and therefore backup) workfile which is used to produce another publishable elements (as image and review items).


Main publishable item in Photoshop will be of image family. Result of this item (instance) is picture that could be loaded and used in another DCCs (for example as single layer in composition in AfterEffects, reference in Maya etc).

There are couple of options what to publish:

  • separate image per layer (or group of layers)
  • all visible layers (groups) flattened into single image

In most cases you would like to keep Create only for selected toggled on and select what you would like to publish. Toggling this off will allow you to create instance(s) for all visible layers without a need to select them explicitly.

For separate layers option keep Create separate instance for each selected toggled, select multiple layers and hit Create >>> button in the middle column.

This will result in:

Image instances creates

(In Photoshop's Layers tab standard layers will be wrapped into group and enriched with ℗ symbol to denote publishable instance. With Create separate instance for each selected toggled off it will create only single publishable instance which will wrap all visible layers.)

Name of publishable instance (eg. subset name) could be configured with a template in project_settings/global/tools/creator/subset_name_profiles. (This must be configured by admin who has access to Openpype Settings.)

Trash icon under the list of instances allows to delete any selected image instance.

Workfile instance will be automatically recreated though. If you do not want to publish it, use pill toggle on the instance item.

If you would like to modify publishable instance, click on Publish tab at the top. This would allow you to change name of publishable instances, disable them from publishing, change their task etc.

Publisher allows publishing into different context, just click on any instance, update Variant, Asset or Task in the form in the middle and don't forget to click on the 'Confirm' button.


If you would like to run validation rules set by your Studio, click on funnel icon at the bottom right. This will run through all enabled instances, you could see more information after clicking on Details tab.

Image instances creates

In this dialog you could see publishable instances in left column, triggered plugins in the middle and logs in the right column.

In left column you could see that review instance was created automatically. This instance flattens all publishable instances or all visible layers if no publishable instances were created into single image which could serve as a single reviewable element (for example in Ftrack).

Creation of Review could be disabled in project_settings/photoshop/publish/CollectReview.

If you are satisfied with results of validation phase (and there are no errors there), you might hit Publish button at bottom right. This will run through extraction phase (it physically creates images from image instances, creates review etc) and publishes them (eg. stores files into their final destination and stores metadata about them into DB). This part might take a while depending on amount of layers in the workfile, amount of available memory and performance of your machine.

You may encounter issues with publishing which will be indicated with red squares. If these issues are within the validation section, then you can fix the issue. If there are issues outside of validation section, please let the OpenPype team know.

You can always start new publish run with a circle arrow button at the bottom right. You might also want to move between phases (Create, Update etc) by clicking on available tabs at the top of the dialog.

Simplified publish

There is a simplified workflow for simple use case where only single image should be created containing all visible layers. No image instances must be present in a workfile and project_settings/photoshop/publish/CollectInstances/flatten_subset_template must be filled in Settings. Then artists just need to hit 'Publish' button in menu.

Repair Validation Issues

If there is some issue in validator phase, you will receive something like this:

Validation error

All validators will give some description about what the issue is. You can inspect this by clicking on items in the left column.

If there is an option of automatic repair, there will be Repair button on the right. In other case you need to fix the issue manually. (By deleting and recreating instance etc.)

Buttons on the bottom right are for:

  • Refresh publishing - set publishing process to starting position - useful if previous publish failed, or you changed configuration of a publish
  • Stop/pause publishing - if you would like to pause publishing process at any time
  • Validate - if you would like to run only collecting and validating phases (nothing will be published yet)
  • Publish - standard way how to kick off full publishing process


When you want to load existing published work, you can load in smart layers through the Loader. You can reach the Loader through the extension's Load button.


The supported families for Photoshop are:

  • image

To load an image, right-click on the subset you want and choose a representation:



Now that we have some images loaded, we can manage which version is loaded. This is done through the Scene Inventory. You can reach it through the extension's Manage button.


Loaded images has to stay as smart layers in order to be updated. If you rasterize the layer, you cannot update it to a different version.


You can switch to a previous version of the image or update to the latest.

Loader Loader

Support help

If you would like to ask for help admin or support, you could use any of the three options on the Note button on bottom left:

  • Go to details - switches into a more detailed list of published instances and plugins.
  • Copy report - stash full publishing log to a clipboard
  • Export report - save log into a file for sending it via mail or any communication tool

If you are able to fix the workfile yourself, use the first button on the right to set the UI to initial state before publish. (Click the Publish button to start again.)

Legacy instances

All screenshots from Publish are from updated dialog, before publishing was being done by regular Pyblish tool. New publishing process should be backward compatible, eg. if you have a workfile with instances created in the previous publishing approach, they will be translated automatically and could be used right away.

If you hit on unexpected behaviour with old instances, contact support first, then you could try to delete and recreate instances from scratch. Nuclear option is to purge workfile metadata in File > File Info > Origin > Headline. This is only for most determined daredevils though!